In Part Two of my essay series for Hollywood in Toto, I describe how to fight the Culture War:
The reason why progressives are so terrible at comedy, memes, or simply making normal people laugh isn’t just because they’re full of hate. It’s because once you become the establishment, you stop being funny.
With control over culture, education, news media, and entertainment media, the progressive left is the very definition of the establishment. You can’t be funny once you start taking yourself seriously, and the left takes itself very, VERY seriously. Your material can be clever, but your audience will see right through you. We can’t laugh WITH a finger-wagging scold, but we can laugh AT one. That’s the point of comedy.
What’s the one thing a scold can’t stand? It isn’t defiance. Scolds expect defiance. In God in the Dock: Essays on Theology, C.S. Lewis said, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
You want to fight well and effectively? Read the whole thing.